By Jim Watt - The Gibraltar National Day political rally organised by the Self-Determination Group for Gibraltar (SDGG) was held at Casemates square on Tuesday. On stage were local politicians, including the leader of the opposition, heads and representatives of other British Overseas Territories, including the Falkland Islands, British MP's from all parties and Mr Perry Stieglitz Gibraltar's man in the US.
An estimated 10,000 people filled Casemates Square, the ICC balconies and the entrance of Main Street
For the first time there was a specially recorded message from David Cameron the British Prime Minister who made it clear that his government was 100% behind Gibraltar and that there would be no changes in Gibraltar's status without the consent of its people.
Denis Matthews, the Chairman of the SDGG said Sr Garcia Margallo will learn his tactics at the border will only serve to harden Gibraltarians' resolve. They will get Spain nowhere!”
Mr Matthew added Gibraltar has been here before (with Spain) and we've survived.
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo started his National Day speech by thanking the Prime Minister Cameron on behalf of all Gibraltarians for his staunch support on this important day.
The Chief Minister also made it a point of thanking Gibraltarians for the dignity they have shown in recent months while under pressure from Spain.
He said we keep calm and carry on”, but what we will never do is concede one drop of our water to Spain.
Addressing the crowd, Mr Picardo delivered a short but impassioned speech in which he emphasised that the soil, sea and air of Gibraltar belong to no-one but the people of Gibraltar: “Hell will freeze over before any other flags fly in Gibraltar that are not our flags. Red, white and blue. Red, white and proud. Red, white and free!”
Mr Picardo said the people of Gibraltar are strong and free. And he ended with a clear message for Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo: “Let nobody think that this party is over. This party has just begun!”
Shortly after the Chief Minister’s speech, the Mayor Tony Lima released 30,000 red and white balloons and Francis Chipolina sung “Gibraltar, Gibraltar”. There was a pyrotechnics display from Watergate House